Bill Maher: You Really Can't be an Environmentalist if...
It’s a great pleasure today to honor comedian Bill Maher on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. Maher suffers no fools, and he comments with brutal honesty about how absolutely nuts some human beings can be, something I made the subject of an entire film, GrowthBusters. Maher’s featured guest on Friday night’s HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, was Alan Weisman, author of Countdown. Weisman is a respected journalist, and Countdown is a well-researched book about world population, or more accurately, overpopulation. Weisman deserves a spot on our Wall of Fame, as well, but today I'll applaud Bill Maher.
It’s very clear that Maher has an above-average (sorry, Bill, I know that's not saying much) understanding of the subject of population growth. But he earns this Wall of Fame spot and my appreciation with one simple statement:
“You really can’t be an environmentalist…if you’re not someone who is extremely concerned about overpopulation.”
Alan Weisman sums up why that’s such an important statement:
“This is a topic that most environmental groups won’t touch.”
Being a comedian Bill Maher brings some humor to the topic (another thing I like to do). You’ll also find Maher’s conversation with Weisman quite informative. View the entire episode on HBO Go here (there's a bonus in the full episode, a highly entertaining and excellent conversation about materialism and this sick Cadillac commercial). Or view the Weisman/Maher conversation here.
If you just can’t sit still for 8 minutes of intelligent discussion, here’s the most surprising part of the conversation.
Thank you, Bill Maher, and HBO, for giving airtime to the critical subject of overpopulation.
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